McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service awards first ever McGovern Legacy Scholarship in honor of late George McGovern
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Dakota Wesleyan University’s McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service has named its first ever McGovern Legacy Scholar.
Amy Zeller, of Elk Point, was named the 2013-14 McGovern Legacy Scholar during DWU’s Randall Scholarship Day earlier in the month. The McGovern Legacy Scholarship is a new scholarship offered at the university in tribute to Sen. George McGovern who passed away in 2012. Zeller is a senior at Elk Point-Jefferson High School and the daughter of Tim and Tama Zeller.
The McGovern Legacy Scholarship is currently the largest scholarship of this kind offered at DWU and covers tuition up to 16 credits for each semester in the 2013-14 academic year and is renewable for up to four years of continued enrollment at DWU with maintenance of academic requirements and involvement with the McGovern Center. This scholarship was created to honor McGovern and the 1972 campaign volunteers, while educating and inspiring future generations of student activists to volunteerism, public service and to work for a just society.
“DWU feels honored to have the opportunity to prepare Ms. Zellar for a life of leadership and service to others during her tenure as a McGovern Legacy Scholar,” said Dr. Alisha Vincent, director of the McGovern Center. “We believe she has the potential to make a significant impact on our communities in a way that would honor both George and Eleanor McGovern, as well as those who established this scholarship to honor him.”
The Friends of the McGovern ’72 Campaign Scholarship fund was established in 2012 through the Leonard and Sophie Davis Foundation in remembrance of the 40th anniversary of the presidential campaign to honor McGovern and the 1972 McGovern Presidential Campaign volunteers. Thousands of 1972 campaign volunteers’ lives have been positively impacted by their volunteerism and by the life and legacy of Sen. McGovern, according to Vincent.
DWU is affiliated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church and offers majors and minors in more than 40 liberal arts and professional fields.
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